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Jamaica's earnings from Airbnb bookings surpass $1 billion

Jamaica Gleaner / Jamaica’s earnings from tourists seeking boutique-type accommodations has surpassed $1 billion this year.

This is according to the world’s largest home lodgings platform Airbnb, whose portal was responsible for the bookings.

Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs for Airbnb, Chris Lehane, disclosed to delegates attending the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) global tourism conference now under way in Montego Bay that his company’s presence in the Jamaican market has grown significantly, generating $1.1 billion in earnings for the island.

Lehane says bookings so far this year has increased to 54,000, compared to 36,000 for all of last year.

He says Airbnb now has 5,600 active listings, compared to 3,600 last year.

Airbnb lodgings are popular around uptown areas in Kingston and some inner-city communities.

The Tourism Ministry says the most popular communities include Trench Town, former home of reggae icon Bob Marley; Portmore; Treasure Beach; Montego Bay; Ocho Rios; Portland and other areas along the north coast.

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